#1 Source for Dog Crates UK


Published on

Best Quality Discounted UK Dog Crates, Puppy Crates and Pet/Cat Carrier Options can be found at our website: http://www.pawspetbeds.co.uk

Published in: Self Improvement
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

#1 Source for Dog Crates UK

  1. 1. ==== ====For Quality Discounted UK Dog Crates, with Free Delivery Click Here:http://www.pawspetbeds.co.uk==== ====The dog crate is a useful, and sometimes life saving tool. You recently acquired a new familymember, whether a puppy or an adult dog, and a process of adjustment and learning the rules ofyour household begins.Tips Before You Start Crate TrainingConsistencyI cant stress this enough. Be Consistent. Do the same things, make the same gestures, and saythe same words all the time and your dog will learn faster as a result.PatienceTo lose patience with your new dog is to take 2 steps backward in any training process. Alwayskeep in mind that if you stay calm, your dog will stay calm too, which in turn will generateconfidence and trust.PersonalityEach dog learns differently, which can lengthen or shorten the success of the crate trainingprocess, or any training exercise for that matter. Dogs have personalities that are as variable ashumans and we have to adjust accordingly.Dog Crate Training Process1. Introduce Your Dog to His CrateBring the crate to the room you spend the most time in. Put a soft blanket in the crate. Sit downbeside the crate, propping the door open with your body so it wont swing and scare your dog. Youmay even want to remove the door at the beginning. Call your dog in a sing-song, happy voice.You may even incorporate the "come" command at this point. Reward your dog with a treat, andthen put a treat on the floor in front of the crate, one on the ledge, and a couple inside the crate. Ifyour dog hesitates and backs up, thats okay, do not try to coax him. Leave the treats and walkaway. You may have to repeat this process a few times. If food or treats are not an enticement, trya toy. If your dog runs into the crate to retrieve a ball, it was his idea to enter. The outcome of thisexercise is to make your dog believe it was his choice to walk into the crate, not yours.2. Eating Meals in the Dog Crate
  2. 2. Once your dog will walk in and out of the crate on his own, you can start feeding him his mealsinside. At first leave the door open while he is eating, giving him quiet praise. When you feel thetime is right, have him enter his crate, put the food down, praise him, and shut the door. When hehas finished eating, immediately open the door. If he is comfortable with the door being closed,slowly lengthen the time before you open the door after he is finished eating. If he starts to whine,you may have increased the length of time too quickly. This is a critical point. You cannot let himout before he stops whining, otherwise he will then associate whining to being let out of his crate.Wait until he is quiet, and then let him out. At his next feeding, cut back the time and proceed fromthere.3. Lengthening Your Dogs Crate TimeNow that our dog is eating his meals and staying in his crate comfortably and without anxiety, youcan crate him for short periods of time other than his feeding time. Call him in your sing-songvoice, point inside the crate with a treat and/or toy in your hand, and close the door, leaving thetreat or toy inside with him. Sit in the same room for a short time, get up and leave the room forabout 30 minutes, then come back and sit in the same room for 5 to 10 minutes. If your dog isquiet, let him out of his crate and praise him. Repeat this process until you feel your dog is relaxedand content to be left in his crate while you are out of the room. Work your way up to a couple ofhours of crate time without your presence. Depending on your dogs personality and energy levelthis part of dog crate training could take up to a couple of weeks. If your dog makes a fuss whileyou are out of the room the first time, ignore him and do not let him out until he settles down and isquiet.4. Crating Your Dog During the DayYour dog is now happily spending 30 minutes to 2 hours in his crate while you exit the room. Thenext step is to leave him in his crate while you make a short trip away from home. For this exerciseyou use your command and point to the crate, giving him a treat and a toy to play with. The treatcould be optional at this point. Vary your routine when you are getting ready to leave and crate himanywhere from 5 to 20 minutes before stepping out the door. Make this a matter-of-fact exerciseand refrain from any prolonged good-byes. Crate him, treat him and walk out the door. When youreturn home, come in quietly and keep your arrival low-key. Your dog will be enthusiastic to seeyou but do not reward him for his excited behavior by responding in kind. Let him out of his dogcrate after he has calmed down and you are settled. Continue to feed him in his crate andreinforce crate time now and again for 30 minutes just so he doesnt relate crate time with youleaving him alone.5. Crating Your Dog During the NightPut your dog in his crate in the usual manner. You may want to have the crate in the bedroom orhallway near your bedroom door. If you have a puppy, the bedroom is the best place during thenight as they tend to need a potty break in the wee hours and you will be able to hear him if hewhines to get out. Adult dogs sometimes prefer to sleep near you as they feel socially isolated inanother part of your home. If you prefer the dog crate be somewhere else in your home, wait untilyour dog sleeps through the night and then slowly move the crate to where you prefer it to be.Possible Problems
  3. 3. WhiningIf your dog whines or cries at night while he is in his crate, it is difficult to separate the reasons forhis actions.Questions you need to ask yourself:1. Did he go potty before bedtime?2. Was he fed?3. Is he comfortable - cold or hot?This process of elimination determines the first step of troubleshooting the whining and crying. If itis none of the above, try ignoring him. If you have not rewarded him in the past for his behavior byletting him out of his dog crate, then I cannot emphasize enough - Do Not Start. If he continueswhining, after about 10 minutes, ask him your command word for potty. If he gets excited, take himoutside, but make sure it is business only and not playtime. Make it short and return him to hiscrate without scolding or fuss. If you are convinced he doesnt need to go potty, ignore the whininguntil it stops. Dont give in. He learns very quickly that he can break you down no matter how longhe has to whine to get out. Trust me; they can go on forever if they think they have the slightestchance. If you have progressed slowly in your crate training, you should not have this problem. Ifyou end up with this problem and it becomes unmanageable, start the crate training process over.Separation AnxietyA dog crate will not remedy separation anxiety. Destructive behavior while you are away is notsomething a dog crate will solve. The possibility of your dog hurting himself while being crated ifhe has this behavior is very high. Separation anxiety is a complex problem best left to professionalanimal behaviorists.Spending Too Much Time in the CrateA crate will not solve problems. It can be a time out place if handled correctly with no scoldinginvolved, but it is not a prison where a dog may feel trapped and helpless. If you work during theday and crate your dog, come home and let him out, then go to bed and crate him all night again,that is too much time spent in his crate. Arrangements to have someone let him out and walk himor a doggie day care during the day would help meet his physical and emotional needs. Puppiescan be in their crate during the day for 30 minutes for every month of age. A 5 month old puppyshould only be in his crate for a maximum of 2 1/2 hours at one time during the day.If you crate train your dog properly, he will think it is his safe place and always be happy to spendsome time in it when needed. This article is a guideline for you. What works for some may notwork for you and your dog. Educate yourself and study your dogs behavior for a win, winrelationship.Donna White is an experienced and responsible dog owner, retired dog breeder and wife/assistant
  4. 4. to a retired Police K-9 Trainer. We are "paying forward" all that we have learned throughout theyears as family dog owners and professional trainers. Visit our website for more training articlesand quality products for your dog - http://www.dog-crate-shop.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Donna_White==== ====For Quality Discounted UK Dog Crates, with Free Delivery Click Here:http://www.pawspetbeds.co.uk==== ====